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Gaza violence continues as diplomats seek Israeli- Palestinian breakthrough

08-03-2010 09:35 BJT

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- As Israel looks to launch direct peace talks with the West Bank-based Palestinian National Authority (PNA), violence has erupted once again between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

As many as three dozen people were wounded early Monday in Gaza after two days of attacks and counter attacks, but Israel denied any involvement in the explosion that destroyed the home of a senior military commander of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas.

At the same time, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hosted his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on Sunday, with the two men reportedly agreeing on the need to push for direct Palestinian- Israeli peace talks.

PNA officials though are insisting there will be no face-to- face negotiations until Israel proves it is seriously committed to the peace process.

For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is ready for a direct parley within days.

It all points to a confused picture with many local analysts insisting that even if negotiations do begin any time soon, there is no guarantee at all they will lead anywhere.


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